Arsenal have opened talks with Chelsea over the possible purchase of goalkeeping stalwart Petr Cech this summer, despite the fact Jose Mourinho remains keen not to sell to a title rival.
The latest rumours to be found on Cech’s future - delivered by the Daily Mail - suggest that a cross-London switch is very much on the cards for the veteran goalkeeper, with Arsenal seemingly not bothered about meeting Chelsea’s £10 million valuation.
It’s believed chiefs from the Gunners were keen to learn whether or not Cech would have any inclination to join them and so sent emissaries discretely.
What said representatives returned to north London with was good news, with the Czech international seemingly ready to shift his allegiances to Arsene Wenger’s men so that he doesn’t have to uproot his family.
That could prove to be a huge turning point in the race for the 32-year-old’s services, with both Paris Saint-Germain and AS Roma providing lucrative options abroad. Mourinho would much prefer his steward to leave the Premier League rather than aid a rival club, but Cech’s preference to remain on English shores looks set to win the day.
Coming soon after Cech’s agent, Viktor Kolar, made it clear that both Arsenal and Manchester United were clubs his client would consider the latest batch of speculation will certainly have Gunners fans worldwide beginning to get behind the idea that one of Chelsea’s most impressive performers over the past decade could well aid their title bid next season.
Summer additions for Arsenal
Wenger’s charges fell short of the mark this year but need only a few additions to bring themselves up to speed with the Blues, who marched fairly comfortably to the Premier League crown this season.
One area they certainly need to solidify is the position between the sticks as neither Wojciech Szczesny nor David Ospina has looked the part. In that respect that can find few better than Cech.
Not yet done
It’s needless to say the saga is far from at its end of course however, with Mourinho likely to throw more curve balls yet as he seeks to keep Cech out of Wenger’s open arms.
If the Frenchman wants a positive solution to be found he’ll not only have to be patient but also be prepared to match the likes of PSG when it comes to contract terms. As a result there’s plenty of twists and turns to be expected, though it certainly looks promising for now.
Arsenal fans, do you think you can lure Cech to the Emirates Stadium this summer? Chelsea fans, is there anything Mourinho can do to stop it happening? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.